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Old 10-14-06, 09:12 PM
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bike build for the wife

I have a 50cm Trek 5200 frame and fork that I am planning on building up for my wife. She currently rides a heavy Trek 7200 hybrid. The reason we originally got her the hybrid is that she does not feel comfortable riding a bike with drop handlebars. We live in a mostly flat area, but one of our favorite rides is the Santa Fe Century in New Mexico. It is at 6200-7000 ft with plenty of climbs. My plan is to build up the 5200 with XTR rear derailleur and front crankset with external bearings, FSA K-Force XC riser bar, Deore XT bar shifters, some Dura Ace brakes I have, and an 11-32 cassette. I am thinking about the XTR components because climbing is not her strong suit, and I thought it would be better for her.
Will I have any compatibility issues with this set-up, and will this end up being a decent ride for her? I wasn't sure about the MTB stuff on the road frame.
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Old 10-15-06, 06:43 AM
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XTR crankset and front derailleur will probably be an issue.

I'm wondering about fitting the 2-piece crankset onto a road frame with a 68mm BB shell and 130mm dropouts. I know that it can be done using spacers but what's that going to do to your chainline?

I'm also thinking that you'll have trouble installing the front derailleur low enough on the 5200 frame.
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The XTR shifters are probably intended for V-brake use and won't have enough leverage to work properly with the Dura Ace brakes. Try to find shifters intended for cantilevers.

As RG noted, the XTR crank/bb and a roadbike bottom bracket shell may not be compatible and you will have fd problems if your frame has a braze-on fd mounting tab.
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Old 10-15-06, 08:08 AM
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XTR shifters won't be a problem because he plans to use Deore XT shifters. I have a mixte touring bike hanging in the workstand, waiting for me to find some Deore XT shifters so I can complete the build. A used set went for $83 on eBay last week. I've decided to use Paul Thumbies instead.

These levers will work well for you. They're not mtb levers. They're designed to be used with road calipers and they have springs. I have them on a bike with Dura Ace and another with 600. They're also inexpensive. Loose screws has them. So does Harris.

I can't tell you anything about that XTR crankset because I have no experience with them.
You can mix and match mtb and road components without too many problems. I have a Bridgestone MB-2 with Ultegra and a touring roadbike with XT. Just remember that an indexed mountain FD requires mountain shifters, although I've broken that rule with good results.
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